Rough episode last week — early morning, long day of cooking, teamwork, mediocre-to-terrible food. Would the chefs rebound after Tom Colicchio scolded them and took away the $10,000 prize? We’ll find out! Spoilers in the comments.
1. It’s the Olive Garden review lady!
Our guest judge for the Quickfire is Marilyn Hagerty, the elderly restaurant reviewer from Grand Forks, North Dakota whose precisely worded review of the Olive Garden went viral earlier this year. Interesting choice, given that most of our contestants aspire to cook high-end food. Also, I absolutely cannot imagine what a collaboration between sweet Marilyn Hagerty and snarky Anthony Bourdain would look like. The concept boggles the mind.
2. What happened to our food pictures?
When Marilyn was listing off her top and bottom dishes from the Quickfire, they didn’t show pictures! What’s with that? We watch this show for the food porn, producers. Also, our attention spans have been destroyed by Twitter. So make with the reminder pictures.
3. Andy Dwyer and the House Bunny!
Marilyn leaves the room and two new people enter: Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, married comedians who are both from Seattle. The chefs are going to cater their welcome home party! No teamwork this time. Everyone makes one dish.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to see Chris Pratt there — he’s on Parks and Recreation, which is basically my favorite show ever. It’s a good thing I wasn’t a contestant in this challenge because I would have spent the entire question period asking Chris Pratt questions about my hero, Amy Poehler. ”What is Amy Poehler like to work with? Isn’t Amy Poehler amazing? What is Amy’s favorite color? Will you give Amy this collage I made about our imaginary best friendship?”
OK, enough about my Amy Poehler obsession. Let’s move on to this week’s winners and loser(s) in the comments.